Sunderland Cement Their Place At Top Of Empty Seats League
The findings showed that Sunderland and Villa were way ahead of the other 18 clubs when it comes to lost revenue from missing fans, in terms of lost ticket revenue and what fans could expect to spend on food, drinks and programmes.
Taking into account average crowd attendances, the figures below showed on average how many empty seats each club had on average and what it is estimated to cost that club over the course of a season.
Sunderland 8,829 (£6,542,289)
Aston Villa 8,467 (£6,965,800)
Wigan 6,479 (£4,197,744)
Everton 3,520 (£3,103,232)
Newcastle 2,730 (£2,282,280)
Southampton 2,193 (£1,987,274)
West Brom 2,923 (£1,838,274)
QPR 1,297 (£1,367,686)
West Ham 1,046 (£1,142,755)
Man. City 1,095 (£1,081,860)
Bizarrely Newcastle’s crowds have inched higher as we’ve sunk lower in the league and with an average now of over fifty thousand the number of empty seats per game over the season will be only around two thousand.
In contrast, I couldn’t believe when I switched on the Mackems v Stoke on Monday night and thought they had closed some parts of the ground! For this vital relegation clash they could only get 38,130 along to the game, well over ten thousand empty seats, more than the average empty seats back in February.
Does this tell us that Newcastle fans are a bit mental or does it tell us that the mackems are a bit fickle and fairweather?
I think the answer would have to be both!
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